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Friday, 02 March 2018 11:47

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Forgan’s Indy Curl (11) goes for a steal during Thursday night’s Class B quarterfinal matchup with Red Oak at Yukon High School. L&T photo/Jason Epp

By JASON EPP 

Leader & Times 

YUKON, Okla.— Sometimes the game of basketball is simply decided by who can put the ball through the hoop. And in the opening round of the Class B State Tournament, Forgan struggled to make shots while Red Oak found their stroke from beyond the arc, ending the Lady Bulldogs season with a 43-36 loss. 

“We didn’t get the result that we wanted,” Lady Bulldogs coach Travis Smalts said. “I thought our effort was there, but we didn’t shoot the ball well, and it basketball that makes things difficult.” 

Early on Forgan’s outside shots fell as Carson Slatten and Indy Curl each hit threes to give the Lady Bulldogs a 6-2 lead. Both teams struggled to hit shots in the first quarter, making a combined 5 of 17 shots. Forgan led 8-5 at the end of the first.  

The second quarter, saw Red Oak get red hot, hitting four threes to take a 17-14 lead into halftime. Red Oak extended their lead with a 7-0 run to start the second half, but Forgan answered right back with their own 7-0 run. 

The Lady Bulldogs continued to rally early in the fourth as Destiny Alston was able to get to the foul line and make her free throws count. Alston converted 10 of 13 in the game. Forgan trailed just 29-27 with 5:09 left. But foul trouble had Kylie Eagan on the bench with four fouls after tallying ten points in the first three quarters. 

Red Oak hit their seventh and eighth threes of the game, but Alston kept Forgan within striking distance until the game’s final minute. 

“The girls kept fighting until the end,” Smalts said. “We just could never get over the hump.” 

Forgan finished 11 of 38 (29%) from the field and just 2 of 10 (20%) from beyond the arc. Meanwhile Red Oak was 13 of 37 from the field (35%) and 8 of 20 (40%) from beyond the arc. Forgan made 12 of 15 free throws; Red Oak made 9 of 13. 

Destiny Alston was 2 of 6 from the field and 10 of 13 at the line to lead Forgan with 14 points. Kylie Eagan was 5 of 14 for 10 points despite foul trouble limiting her minutes. 

Forgan finishes the season 18-9 

“I’m proud of them,” Smalts said. “They’ve had to overcome a lot, and not just this year. We’ve fought through a lot of injuries and adversities to get here.” 

 

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